The fact that Apple’s new MacBook Pro doesn’t include an SD card reader has been a point of contention. Of course, Apple doesn’t see it that way. The company apparently believes that its customers will be just fine with picking up an adaptor.
Apple’s explanation comes from Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, who implied that the existence of the SD card reader in older MacBooks was itself a compromise. His reasoning is that Apple would never be able to cater to all the camera storage options, and having to choose one was already a trade-off.
Then there is the matter of the SD card reader itself being a “cumbersome slot” that has the card “sticking halfway out” of the computer.
Schiller thinks that the increasing number of cameras with wireless transfer capabilities are enough of a justification for removing the SD card reader. Doing this apparently means that Apple doesn’t have to choose between the different card readers, and allows its customers to choose how they want to go about transferring data.
Interestingly, Apple doesn’t feel the same way about the 3.5mm headphone jack on the MacBook Pro. Saying that the notebook is a professional machine and that wireless transfer is not suitable for quality audio.
[Source: The Independent]